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A reminder to stay curious–and suspicious

Just finished reading Walden by Henry David Thoreau. First time through this required reading. Thoreau’s incisive cultural criticism feels timeless (if not more relevant today), and his spiritual insight has a deep ring to it that often stopped me mid-paragraph. Sometimes boring, his cataloguing of the minute goings-on of the pond and surrounding area at...

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Third Mindful Meditation Post

My third guest-post on meditation is up on the blog of Lisa Klarner Coaching + Consulting. I find myself continuing to reflect on this piece: while the non-stick analogy has certainly been a helpful one, I think it can also imply disengagement from life’s experiences. If anything, meditation has helped me receive what lands in my...

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Lodging a New Harpoon in an Old Favorite

Just finished re-reading Moby-Dick, or The Whale by Herman Melville. What can I say about this bizarre classic? It’s one of my favorite books for its poetic meanderings, the scope of its contemplations and its experimentation as a novel. Then, again, in mountainous countries where the traveller is continually girdled by amphitheatrical heights; here and...

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“Durmitor” Featured in Cargo Literary

I am really excited to have a piece of nonfiction featured in Issue 13 of Cargo Literary, publishing “compelling stories of human development through the lens of travel.” While traveling in Montenegro last year, a friend and I found ourselves in a predicament that unfolded into a bizarre and impactful experience for me. Here it is:...

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Second Mindful Meditation Post

My second post in a three-part series on mindful meditation is live on the blog of Lisa Klarner Coaching + Consulting. While a tough topic to tackle, writing about meditation proved to be a rewarding task personally, and I’m happy Lisa reached out to me to contribute as a guest-blogger. Check out the post via...

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First of Three Posts on Mindful Meditation

I’m excited to have some writing to share on mindful meditation—on the blog of Lisa Klarner Coaching + Consulting. Lisa and I discovered a shared interest in mindfulness when we were working together. I’m thrilled that she’s asked me to share about my experience as a guest-blogger. Here’s the first post in a series of...

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Useful Reflections on Mindfulness

Just finished Wherever You Go There You Are by Jon Kabat-Zinn, an early standard in the mindfulness movement in the US. I will be leading meditation sessions at my workplace starting next month, and one of my Zen teachers recommended this book as an example of how meditation can be discussed in a nearly entirely...

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Charmed by Rushdie’s Magical India

Just finished Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie. This novel was my first encounter with this author, and I found myself swept into his magical version of India’s 20th century spun by the novel’s whimsical, intellectual and humanly erroneous narrator. I picked out Midnight’s Children to read during my recent travels in India. I wanted a novel...

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Different voices, one awakening

Just finished The Enlightened Heart: An Anthology of Sacred Poetry edited by Stephen Mitchell. This book accompanied me during my trip to India, and I must say, it added a layer of inspiration to the whole experience. The thesis of the anthology is that the experience of spiritual awakening is the same regardless of time and...

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Just scratched the surface

Having experienced splendor in Hampi old and new, we packed our bags and returned to Bangalore to lay low for a day or two before departing. With our flights home (or back to Greece, in Shan Shan’s case) staggered, we’d made few plans, and ended up spending most of our short time at Samyukta’s. We...

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